Spinal Cord Injury Claims
The spinal cord is one of the most important components of the human body. It is key to the functioning of the central nervous system as a communication path to and from the brain. The spinal cord along with the brain controls various bodily functions, ranging from bladder, bowel, and sexual function to the movement of your limbs. When this vital component is damaged or severed, serious functional disabilities, loss of motion, and/or paralysis can result below the affected injury site.
If you or someone you love has sustained a spinal cord injury in any type of fault-based accident or incident, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim against the at-fault party or parties. A successful settlement or verdict in such a claim can make all the difference in your future in terms of the financial resources needed to deal with such a serious injury. At Anderson Traylor Edwards, our Hammond spinal cord injuries lawyers have decades of combined legal experience in building, negotiating, or litigating such claims. We are local homegrown professionals dedicated to serving the community with a strong track record of personal injury legal ability.
Spinal Cord Injury Statistics
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, the leading cause of spine injuries is motor vehicle accidents. This is followed by falls, violent attacks mostly comprising gunshot wounds, and sports or recreational incidents. Currently, between 249,000 and 363,000 individuals throughout the U.S. are living with such injuries with over 17,000 new cases occurring every year. Over 78 percent of those injured are male with nearly half of all new injuries being sustained by individuals between the ages of 16 and 30. Close to 40% of those with spinal cord injuries are considered paraplegics while almost 60% are quadriplegic.
First-year expenses for a paraplegic average over $500,000 while first-year expenses for quadriplegics can range from $800,000 up to more than a million. Spinal-cord injured individuals who remained unemployed 10 years after sustaining the injury is 77%.
Living with a Spinal Cord Injury
Probably the most important question and concern regarding spinal cord injuries is how it will affect your life afterwards. Several factors will help to determine this, but no one can say for certain—not even spinal cord injury specialists—how any one person’s injury will manifest or if or how it will improve.
An important factor regarding living with a spinal cord injury is if the injury is considered a complete or incomplete injury. Complete injuries generally mean the spinal cord has been severed with a low possibility of recovery while incomplete injuries offer a better chance of recovery because the spinal cord has not been severed. Another important factor is the injury site. Those injuries at the cervical (neck) area are generally the most severe leading to quadriplegia.
Living with a spinal cord injury can result in various areas of dysfunction, including:
- Chronic pain
- Breathing problems
- Sleep apnea
- Loss of bowel and bladder control
- Loss of sexual function
- Gastrointestinal problems
- New sensations throughout the body
- Depression and/or anxiety
- Greater vulnerability to other health problems, such as infection, colds, flu, pneumonia, etc.
Living with a spinal cord injury will involve long-term rehabilitative therapy which can go a long way in promoting some type of recovery.
Let Anderson Traylor Edwards Advocate for You
In the wake of a spinal cord injury, you and your family will be preoccupied with the challenges of recovering and adapting to your new condition. This time is critical for both you and your family. You should not have to bear the legal burden of fighting for the compensation to which you are entitled under the law. Let our seasoned legal team use the experience and skills we have developed over the years to put together your case and engage in the legal battle on your behalf.
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$11,900,000 Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries
Multiple victims of mild traumatic brain injury in an intersectional crash.
$3,625,000 Serious Injuries
Mother and daughter headed home from school rear-ended by a concrete truck.
$3,350,000 Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
Mild traumatic brain Injury settled in court.
$1,000,000 Catastrophic Injury
Doe v. Doe, 05/09
$900,000 Back & Head Injuries
Elderly man hit from behind by dump truck on the interstate.
$750,000 Back & Neck Injury
Elderly man hit by a commercial truck in a private parking lot.
$750,000 Catastrophic Injury
The elderly got hit by an eighteen-wheeler.